Startups

How to Negotiate a Contract

“Everything is negotiable.” Ok, well not everything, but many things are. Here are nine tips to help you negotiate your next contract. To begin, you should note that if a contract contains errors, or simply doesn’t meet your expectations, you should raise your concerns and negotiate new or modified terms that are mutually acceptable. [...]

W9s & 1099s – What Freelancers & Entrepreneurs Should Know

It's easy to confuse W9s and 1099s so here's a primer on what entrepreneurs and freelancers should know. A Little Background In the ever growing freelance economy in Kansas City, more and more people are being paid as independent contractors rather than as traditional employees. When you are paid as an employee, your employer reports [...]

Trade Secrets 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Protecting your trade secrets is becoming more and more important for startups and small businesses. Here's what you should know. Unlike the other forms of IP, which are primarily protected through federal laws, trade secrets are primarily protected through state laws. That means every state maintains their own trade secret statutes. However, most of them [...]

Patents 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

If you've invented something new and useful, you should consider seeking patent protection for your new invention. Startups and small businesses are always inventing things. And in certain situations, it makes sense to seek a patent on your invention to prevent others from using it. (Learn more about Intellectual Property: Copyrights 101  |  Trademarks 101  [...]